July 23rd, 2008
03:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Bush will address RNC, but will he appear with McCain?

No word yet on whether Bush will appear with McCain at RNC.

No word yet on whether Bush will appear with McCain at RNC.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has confirmed that President Bush will address the Republican National Convention on its first night.

Perino told reporters today at the White House briefing that President Bush will deliver a speech on September 1, Labor Day. She said incumbent presidents traditionally address the RNC on the first night of the convention.

The White House has not yet said whether Bush might appear with presumptive nominee John McCain at the convention. The two men have made few joint public appearances since McCain effectively claimed his party’s nomination this spring, as the president’s approval ratings continue to hover near historic lows.

Republicans will hold their convention September 1-4, 2008 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Democrats are slated to hold their convention the week before in Denver, Colorado.

Filed under: John McCcain • President Bush • RNC
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. georgia

    Thing 1 & Thing 2

    July 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. JA Cook

    Hopefully they can wear name tags so we'll know which one it is that's mis-speaking.

    Oh wait, Bush is the one with a timeline and is willing to talk to the Iranians and Koreans.

    July 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Huh??

    Looking at this picture it seems that Bush also has been tortured in Nam,.. he can't raise his arm higher than the Mack's....huh.??

    July 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. JIM...TX

    Uncle Sam...get over hating Bush....lets unite. Sounds like BS to me for a man that brought this country to it's knees in a short 8 years. That is one of his "accomplishments" you Republicans can be "proud" of...along with the deaths of thousands of our son's and daughters in his war for "oil", a sunk economy, the US pretty much HATED around the globe.....yeah lets get over it.LOL!!

    July 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Pat

    Could somebody, anybody, please tell me what Senator John McCain's IQ is? What Self Professed Intelligent Politician today would be caught Dead at a public function of any description with the current President? And could any intelligent human being truly expect a joint appearance with Dubyah would garner votes as the Republican Nominee???? If Senator McCain is that far out of touch with reality he has no business running as Nominee. If Dubyah's record is not enough proof for McCain, San Francisco residents formed a group soliciting support to have a Sewage Plant named after Bush. Does it get any clearer than that?? Sorry but I'm just astonished that a supposed to be intelligent politician could be so ??????? Naive?

    July 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    The RNC is in trouble. For one, not alot of Conservative voters even Like McCain. He wants to doubleup on the failed policies of Bush that put us in the mess we are in now.

    And Ron Paul will be protesting with I've heard either 100,000 or 200,000 People. This has got to be VERY interesting. Ron Paul supporters refuse to vote for McCain. Other conservatives are going for Bob Barr.

    Obama will win in a landslide, it's only a matter of time.

    July 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Alexis

    I think USA gonna get punked again by the republican party the same way they did in 2000 and 2004.....gas price is very high, the economy is at its worst moment, we have a seating president saying wall street is drunk, our foreign policy is viewed the worst around the world and all McCain is talking about is winning the war in Iraq. I think the only policy McCain has in his agenda is engaging the USA in nothing else but more war,war and war. His only agenda is to follow orders from his boss Bush, wake up people if we don't stand up right now we gonna lose this country even more, things gonna sink deeper and deeper. We need to stand up for something or we going to fall for anything.

    OBAMA 2008
    OBAMA 2012


    July 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Please, oh please let Bush appear with McCain. I mean, McCain has the election already won, in his mind. What could Bush possibly do to make things worse for the republicans? Let George put his arm around McCain on stage at the convention, smile that stupid smile of his, and pledge his undying support for his good buddy. Dumb and dumber......side by side!

    July 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Dave, Illinois

    Well said, "Texas Trail Dog".

    I wish the Obamites would think of some original material besides the usual "Mc" isms, age-ism, and their little rants.

    If you want a good laugh, watch Obama stammer and stutter his way through an explanation of what he said about sitting down with Iran's leaders. No wonder that this empty suit will not agree to a townhall with McCain. McCain will slaughter him in a debate.

    July 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. AJ in The OC

    Bush = War in Iraq; torture; faltering economy; maltreatment of returning soldiers

    McCain = Bush

    Therefore, McCain = War in Iraq; torture; faltering economy; maltreatment of returning soldiers

    Bush = McCain

    July 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. anymous

    mccain worse than bush

    July 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. D Rock

    hey texas trail dog. suck it up. the GOP is a joke. and fyi, congress is democrat. once we get our democrat president in, there will be nothing the GOP can do but watch and cry. SORRY 🙂

    July 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Why can't people see that these two men are the same person. America can not survive another 4 years of Bush policies.
    McCain is no different from Bush...just more of the same.

    July 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. AJ in The OC


    The librarian who was recently arrested for holding up this sign at a recent McCain appearance had it right on the nose!

    July 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Frank

    It would be an honor to have President Bush appear with John McCain. To be honest...George Bush....although I have disagreed with him at times...has done a very commendable job as President. You can thank the lame Democrat Congress for absolutely nothing. Shame on the Democrats!

    July 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Andre Weisz

    Yes please, let them confirm they are 2 of a kind if they would still wish to emphasize what everybody knows already.
    Let these 2 make one another happy if they wish so. Who cares?
    That's not what it is about, ye bunch'a out-of-touch losers: you should have made US happy !!

    Obama 08 – Obama 12

    July 23, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Lee, PA

    Who cares McCain's shadow is Bush and vice versa. Whenever McCain speaks with lack of substance sound as Bush. The credit McCain gave to Bush for lower price of oil, Bush attributed to "the wall street got drunk" comment. What a mess!!! Enjoy

    July 23, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Connie

    Lets see, he is going to speak on Labor Day,I am sure that everyone that has worked there butts off this year trying to keep their heads above water will be glued to the TV to watch this idiot that put us were we are.I am sure McSenile will be at home barbecuing for that press person that showed up for him in New Hamshire. I guess this is one good plan that the McSenile campaign has done right , bury Bush's appearance on the holiday . Obama 08 Connie from Indiana

    July 23, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Lulu Pickles

    They are two gerkins, in my opinion - sour and green (with envy). Two men who benefited from legacy/affirmative action in the military and school. Wow. They didn't see a meritocracy taking over. These men are two fools thinking their daddies would save them till the end. What a sad but fateful American story.

    Go OBAMA – symbol of hard work and true American spirit.

    July 23, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Ray

    Bush and McCain arm-in-arm at the GOP convention would save Obama millions of $$ in campaign advertising costs. Icing on the cake for a McBush LOSS on election day.

    July 23, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. H-ROD


    July 23, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Joe Reg

    Of course they have to appear together.

    They are one and the same. Bush for McCain.

    July 23, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. ali

    brothers til the end......

    July 23, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Mike, FL

    What difference does it make? They have the same disasterous economy and Iraq police .

    July 23, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    OK people, try this one. When they are on TV, close your eyes and try to guess which one is talking, Bush or McCain....

    I swear, it's like choosing between Coke and Pepsi!!

    July 23, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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